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logo Dentdale in the Yorkshire Dales is a candidate for the best downhill freewheel in England. | map

These pictures accompany chapter 40 of the cycling guidebook 50 Quirky Bike Rides in England and Wales (Rob Ainsley, Eye Books 2008).

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Left, top to bottom: Top of descent into Dentdale; Dentdale; hill south of Dentdale on road to Ingleton; Dentdale village
Right, top to bottom: Ribblehead Viaduct near Dentdale; Hartside Summit on C2C, top of long descent to Alston; Rookhope on C2C, top of long descent along Waskerley Way

According to the sign at its bottom, the B6138 (Cragg Vale) in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, is the longest steady ascent in England (and therefore a candidate for the longest freewheel down). The sign reads: 'Cragg Vale / Start of longest continuous gradient in England / Rises 968 feet over 5.5 miles' [295m over 8.85km, average gradient 3%]. | map

Left: Sign at bottom of Cragg Vale
Right, top to bottom: Top of Cragg Vale looking back down; top of Cragg Vale looking further on
Big thanks to Paul and Chris for the pictures and the research!

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